If you are in Okinawa and craving some wine I recommend going to Nago Pineapple Winery. This place although small offers a fun diversion for the day. You can tour the pineapple park by a motorized golf cart but the automated tour is in japanese only. So just walk around the orchard and then head inside where you can sample the different pineapple wine, juices, cakes and breads. I recommend the sweet wine and kiss wine.
One of the most popular attraction in Okinawa, The Churaimi Aquarium is the largest in Japan and the second largest in the world. In here you will see different species of fish, manatees, sea turtles and other marine life. They also have a daily dolphin show . After your done checking the Aquarium head to nearby Emerald beach and lay out and get some sun.
This castle was built by King Santo at the 14th century and was used as the king's HQ and ceremonial hall until 1879. This castle which was designated by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site was destroyed in the Battle of Okinawa. It was rebuilt and opened to the public in Nov 1992. There are still some construction on the garrison surrounding the castle.
The castle is open evryday from 0900 to 1800 during summer months and 0900 to 1730 on winter months.
The admission is 800 yen (about $8) for adults and 600 yen ($6) for students
This is Japan's second largest limestone grotto, it has 900,000 stalagmites and stalactites, an underground stream and golden waterfall. There is also a traditional craft village where you can see glass making and creating property. You can also find a Habu (snake) museum in here.
Admission to the cave and village is about 1200 yen (about $13) for adults and 600 yen for children. An open pass (it includes the habu museum, village and cave) cost 1600 yen for adults and 800 yen for children
This park was created to mourn and honor those who perished in WW2 during the "The Typhoon of Steel" which lasted for 90 days and claimed the lives of up to 200, 000 people.
The Memorial Hall , situated in Mabuni Hill,is also located here where the Battle of Okinawa ended. The world largest lacquer Buddha is open for viewing here as are an art museum, meditation forest and a peace bell. Also on display here is the "Young Boy Statue" symbolizing the loss of numerous childrens who perished during the war.
At the Peace park are stone blocks inscribed with the names of over 200,00 people who lost their lives during the war. The stone monuments is to remember those who die and to pray for them , and also to share the lesson learned from war. In addition there is also a Remembrance Hall where you can read testimonials from people who endure the war.
Held every October this Tug of War in Naha is the biggest in Japan. The Guinness Book of World Record certified the Naha's rope as the largest in the world measuring 186 meters in length, 1.56 in diameters and weighing in at 40 tons.
According to local history the tug of war is used to be held to pray for rain and good crop harvest or to give thanks to bountiful harvest. But now this event is one of the biggest festival in the island of Okinawa
Cape Hedo is the northernmost point on Okinawa Island.
It is also one of the island’s most famous landmarks, attracting visitors both for its sheer beauty and for its craggy cliffs that offer challenges to climbers. Cape Hedo is one of the “must see” points of Okinawa, a mixture of awesome, luscious green hills absorbing the ever-present ocean breeze, and of breathtaking panoramas of the prefecture’s island expanse.
Cape Hedo offers something for everyone on a sightseeing venture, and dive challenges as well. The Pacific Ocean meets the South China Sea at Cape Hedo, one of many reasons divers and snorkelers can’t wait to travel north. From the Cape’s observation point, visitors can look across the waters on a clear day and see Yoron Island to the north; the symbolic demarcation point between Japan and Okinawa when America controlled Okinawa.
Cape Hedo is reached by traveling Highway 58, north from Nago City. The entire area offers visitors opportunities for adventure and relaxation. Onna Village is first along the route north, affording terrific locations for photography. Manzamo is a green grassy area along the village Westside. Manzamo is a field created by coral reefs, now capable of seating 10,000 people. The ocean’s 50 meters below the field, and the sights and sounds of crashing waves are hard to describe.
Hiji Falls is a bit farther north. The hike from Highway 58 to Hiji Falls is not particularly difficult, but good shoes are recommended. The 40-minute hike winds through heavily forested mountains and sub-tropical vegetation, then on to the cold, clear waters of the Hiji River. Once there, enjoy the 30 meters high water fall.
Cape Hedo has a small tourist rest stop, complete with restroom facilities and several food service operators. There are paths from the rest area to the end of the cliffs, where you can look down at the swirling waters below. A strong word of caution: be mindful of your children; the Cape Hedo location does not have many barricades and fences most Americans may expect.
This festival which is held every year is one of Okinawa's traditional event. According to Local history this festival is for fisherman to pray for a safe voyage , a good catch and a thank to the sea gods for its blessings. Different organizations field teams every year for this event which will be held in June 21 for this year.
If you would like to hike and enjoy a nice little site I recommend going to Hiji Falls. Located in the northern part of the island ,this is one of the most popular site in Okinawa. To reach the falls you have to hike 1.5 km from the bottom of the hill. The path is well establish but includes a lot of steep steps so make sure you wear comfortable shoes or sandals. I recommend bringing some water because during warmer days you will need it as you take the numerous steps along the trail. You will have to pay 200 yen to enter the park grounds before you can hike up the falls. They also have campgrounds which will cost you 1000(?) for an overnight stay.
Just a reminder that they recommend swimming or cliff diving in the falls.
I promise the falls is not pink when you reach the end of the trail.
After hiking Hiji Falls you can trek up north to Cape Hedo , this is the northernmost point of the island. They have a nice little park grounds and some of the most beautiful scenery in Okinawa. Behind you have luscious green hills then in front of you is the cool breeze of the ocean. Cape Hedo is where Pacific Ocean meets South China Sea for this reason it makes one of the most beautiful and also dangerous dive and snorkel sites.
Famous castle in Okinawa. You can find many history about Okinawa in here.
I dun know if we can take photo in inside the castle (normally it prohibited), but some visitors took it.
Hmm.. quite afraid.. so that i didn't take any photo inside the castle....
Behind me in this picture is "The Cornerstone of Peace", a monument with 237,00 names etched in stone; names of those killed in the World War II battle for the island. Names of everyone: Japanese, American, British, Korean, and Taiwanese are included.
If you are totally tired of running around here and there and just want to relax on a beach, there are plenty of excellent beaches on Okinawa where you can do just that. Most of the nice beaches are located up north in Onna-son and Nago. You can find even more secluded beaches in Okinawa's northern "Yanbaru" area.
This is a nice place for a stroll along the water amid the giant concrete "jacks" in place to protect the houses from storms and rough seas. This is a popular scuba diving area, as well as a good spot for jogging and other land-based activities!
There are two main pottery villages in Okinawa and a few smaller ones. Tsuboya in Naha is where pottery first began in Okinawa under the control of the Ryukyu Kingdom after several craftsman studied techniques brought over from Korea. Today, potters in Tsuboya still carry on the tradition of Ryukyuan pottery with many of the workshops tracing their history back several generations. In Yomitan, potters work and live in a small village where visitors can enjoy the many traditional-style clay-roof buildings. The photo is of the giant wood-burning kiln located in the center of the Yomitan Potter's Village.
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